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    "Cast iron was used as an architectural material for entire facades of American commercial buildings in the mid-to-late nineteenth century, and was particularly popular in New York City , which today has the world's largest collection of cast iron architecture.  Cast iron, mostly imported from England, had been used for decorative and structural purposes in the early nineteenth century.  Virtues of cast iron included its low cost, strength, durability and supposed fireproof nature."  - NYC Landmark Preservation reports


    In historic districts, fences and handrails made of cast-iron and wrought-iron differ in appearance due to the distinctive ways in which these materials were manufactured and used in construction.  Wrought-iron was traditionally formed by hammering rods of hot iron over an anvil, and bending or twisting them into thin, flowing shapes.  For this reason, wrought-iron fences and rails seem light and airy.  Cast-iron is manufactured by pouring molten iron into a pressed sand mold.  It is more brittle than wrought-iron and cannot be shaped by heating and bending, but retains whatever form it was when cast. As a result, cast-iron fences and rails sometimes look heavier but can have more elaborate ornamentation than those of wrought-iron.


    Forerunner Creations utilizes a variety of materials and techniques to replicate your existing ironwork.  The most popular alternative material we employ today is Aluminum.  The benefits of using this metal are that it's greener and cleaner to cast, and it is far more corrosion resistant than iron or other metals.  Our techniques range from loose molding to the latest 3D scanning technology and CNC carving.   All replication and fabrication is completed in our shop by trained craftsmen.  We then do a complete installation and provide all the finishing touches at the job site. 

Combining old world techniques with cutting edge technology, we offer the ability to re-create all aspects of your metalwork.

We are an owner-operated metal fabrication company,

specializing in the restoration and replication of

18th and 19th century cast and forged metalwork.  


Working in cooperation with homeowners and preservationists

we achieve  historically accurate and beautiful finished products

that are compliant with all federal and city Landmark criteria.  


Our company is a recognized contractor with the

NYC Landmarks Conservancy.

 

  • Shop Drawings

  • ​Pattern Making

  • Landmark approval and permits

  • Value Engineering

  • Stripping and painting

  • Hardware restoration

  • Casting and fabrication ​​of missing parts
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  • ​Rapid Prototyping

  • CNC Plasma cutting


We are an owner-operated metal fabrication company,

specializing in the restoration and replication of

18th and 19th century cast and forged metalwork.  


Working in cooperation with homeowners and preservationists

we achieve  historically accurate and beautiful finished products

that are compliant with all federal and city Landmark criteria.  


Our company is a recognized contractor with the

NYC Landmarks Conservancy.

 

You’re looking for a quality product,

and you’ve come to the right place.

For many years, we’ve been restoring

and recreating Landmark quality fences, railings, and balconies. 


Standing out from the rest of the

industry, we offer the ability to furnish

all aspects of the process, from

concept to completion.

Our well trained staff can 

repair, remove, restore, refinish

and/or replace any metal item.

You’re ready to improve your

home and preserve a bit of history.


You’ve decided to contribute to the

beautification of your neighborhood by restoring your antique metalwork.


Making the right choice to keep the

integrity of the original design.

You’ve just made an 

important and wise decision.

Our ornamental metalwork brings out the beauty of and adds value to your home.

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